Mary-Beth Charno, RN, MSN, ANP-C, is a graduate of the inaugural 2009 Urban Zen Integrative Therapist program, and has been a teaching team-member on many premier programs nationally, including UCLA Medical Center, North Well Health System, Kent State and Ursuline State Nursing Schools, programs through Yoga Shanti, the Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute in Columbus, Boulder Community Hospital, and the Yoga Works/Urban Zen collaborative in NYC and LA.
A creation of Donna Karan, Urban Zen is dedicated to integrating eastern healing techniques with western medicine to treat the patient, their loved ones and caregivers. In 2007, she hosted a Well-Being Forum to stimulate an exchange of ideas between patients, doctors, nurses, yoga instructors and alternative healthcare practitioners. Out of that well-spring of inspiration, the UZIT Program was born.
The mission of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) program is to change the present healthcare paradigm, to treat the patient and not just the disease. By creating the UZIT program, we have trained members of the healthcare and yoga communities in the healing modalities of yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care. This curriculum is uniquely designed to treat the classic symptoms of illness: PANIC™ (pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia and constipation) and exhaustion.
The objective of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program is to train integrative therapists to work in hospitals, outpatient care centers, support groups, private practices, corporate environments, nursing and medical schools to transform healthcare to include eastern healing techniques with western medicine.
The curriculum is uniquely designed to treat the classic symptoms of illness: (pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia and constipation) and exhaustion. Students are trained in yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oil therapy, and contemplative care. Each modality is introduced separately and then students are taught how to integrate the modalities to address those symptoms.
Once integration has been instructed, students begin their practical experience during the clinical rotation requirement, working with patients, loved ones and caregivers. Each student must complete a clinical rotation at an approved site in order to be certified.
For more information on Urban Zen Integrative Therapy at uzit.urbanzen.org
Urban Zen Integrative Therapy is a national program. We are currently training providers at:
UCLA Medical Center
Ohio State University Medical Center
Boulder Community Hospital
Beth Israel Medical Center
NYU Langone Medical Center
Wexner Heritage Village
Kent State University School of Nursing
If you are interested in bringing this work into your facility, please contact me to discuss.